I started cutting and piecing:
I did the tossed nine-patch, a.k.a. the disappearing nine-patch pattern.
You make some nine-patches as pictured to the right, then you cut them in half twice through the middle, and then supposedly you toss all the pieces in a bag and grab them at random to place them for your quilt top.
I couldn't bring myself to be completely random about placing the patches. Having some balance in colors and shapes appeals to me. (Judge not lest ye be judged, all you random-happy people out there.)
So mine wasn't exactly tossed. Mixed, maybe. Or more precisely, tossed and then re-arranged a lot.
When it was time to do the actual quilting, sewing across the little kitty faces was unacceptable to me, so I couldn't do a straightforward, repetitive stitch pattern. This means some of the squares are quilted differently than others. How's that for semi-random?
No kitty faces were harmed in the making of this quilt!
Learning how to stitch the binding on with the machine was a fun learning curve as well. I didn't want to hand stitch the binding for this one. I wanted something sturdy enough for a baby blanket.
One of the decorative stitch patterns on my cheap but sturdy little sewing machine finally came in handy.
I was taking pictures of the finished quilt when I glanced out the window and saw this:
This kitty spent a long time preening and cleaning, then curled up for a nap on the roof--
-- in the same direction as in the quilt fabric!
Synchronicity--I love it.